Day 01: Monkey Island
We’ll arrive in Puerto Maldonado, drive to a nearby village, and board our boat to begin an unforgettable journey down the Madre de Dios River. On the way, we might spot alligators, turtles, herons and other exotic river animals. Arriving at the Amazon Lodge, you’ll be welcomed with an exquisite traditional drink and then settle in to our comfortable bungalows. Once you’re comfy, lunch will be served.
With the help of our specialized guide we will visit Monkey Island, located a mere five minutes from the lodge in the middle of the Madre de Dios River. This island is a refuge for a variety of monkey species: the noisy Maquisapas, the happy Achuñis, the impressive Frailes, and the tiny and amusing “leoncitos” (little lion monkeys). On the way to the Island, we’ll come across densely vegetated riverbanks hiding exotic flora and fauna, and take in the serene jungle sunset on our way back.
Day 02: Apu Victor Lake
We’ll awake to the sound of beautiful birdsong and a hearty breakfast. We’ll start our day’s journey with a hike into the depths of the jungle, taking special paths and crossing over bridges. Along the way we will check out a caiman cave, then continue on to the majestic Apu Victor Lake, with its beautiful crystalline waters, huge swamps, and giant trees. Later we will climb up to our Amazon Observatory, where we will have a panoramic view of the lake. We will glimpse such birds as parrots, guacamayos, toucans, camungos, shanshos, herons, and other animals like caimans, turtles and, if we are lucky, one of the most spectacular animals of the jungle: the giant nutria. After several hours here, we will return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, we will visit the Gamitana River, born in the heart of the jungle. Along its shores we might observe turtles, caimans, butterflies and other animals. You can take an optional swim in its waters, then we’ll return to the lodge for dinner.
Day 03: Tambopata to Puerto Maldonado
Breakfast and transfer to the airport or bus station in Puerto Maldonado.